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New case of AI in North Germany

In the north German region of Cloppenburg, officials have tested one more farm positive of avian influenza (AI).

On the basis of regional data, authorities had in total 30,000 animals culled on the farm and on a neighbouring property. The H5N3 virus, which is not harmful to people, has been found on 31 properties since December 2008.

For that reason, about 560,000 chickens had to be culled to prevent further spread. Experts have estimated that total costs of the culling amount to several million euros.

Natalie Berkhout

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